Robert Howlett, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern, ca. 1857-1858. George Eastman House,

Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House,

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

Artists at work

Legendary French weekly Paris Match is sharing a trove of images of artists in their studios. Want more? The Artstor Digital Library offers more than 1,500 images from Alexander Liberman’s series “Artists and Personalities.”

And this would’ve been good for Halloween: the history of the artist’s mannequin from the 16th to the 20th century.

Rebooting the Renaissance

A restoration project offers a rare look at an unfinished Leonardo Da Vinci.

A controversial rehanging of Mantegna’s Lamentation Over the Dead Christ offers a new way to look at the painting’s famous—and puzzling—foreshortening.

No respect for the classics

We simply don’t know what to say about this, so we’ll just repeat the headline: Vincent Van Gogh… the musical.

By now, you’ve probably seen the photos of John Malkovich recreating classic photographs. Great. But are you ready for Rowan “Mr. Bean” Atkinson in masterpieces of art? We weren’t.